The Silence of Scheherazade
Defne Suman, Betsy Goeksel
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September 1905. At the heart of the Ottoman Empire, in the ancient city of Smyrna, Scheherazade is born to an opium-dazed mother.
At the very same moment, an Indian spy sails into the golden-hued, sycamore-scented city with a secret mission from the British Empire. When he leaves, 17 years later, it will be to the smell of kerosene and smoke as the city, and its people, are engulfed in flames.
Told through the intertwining fates of a Levantine, a Greek, a Turkish and an Armenian family, this unforgettable novel reveals a city, and a culture, now lost to time.
‘Fiercely intelligent, finely textured and achingly beautiful’ Elif Shafak
‘Utterly delightful’ Buki Papillon
‘This rich tale of love and loss gives voice to the silenced, and adds music to their histories’ Maureen Freely, Chair, English PEN
‘A must-read’ Ayse Arman, Hurriyet
‘A symphony of literature’ Acik Radyo
‘Defne Suman is a story-teller. She tells the story of how love, emotions and identities are influenced by socio-political events of a lifetime’ Cumhuriyet Newspaper
‘A wonderfully braided story of family secrets set in the magical city of Smyrna, told in luminous prose’ Lou Ureneck, author of Smyrna, September 1922
'A symphony of literature' -- Acik Radyo 'Defne Suman is a story-teller. She tells the story of how history inevitably determines our personalities, destinies and lives. She tells the story of how love, emotions and identities are influenced by socio-political events of a lifetime' * Cumhuriyet Newspaper * 'Defne Suman has crafted a wonderfully braided story of family secrets set in the magical city of Smyrna. Told in luminous prose, The Silence of Scheherazade is a romance full of rich and memorable characters whose lives collided with a pivotal and tragic moment in history. The novel is a delight' -- Lou Ureneck, author of Smyrna, September 1922 'When Smyrna was reduced to ashes in September 1922, the world lost one of its most beautifully cosmopolitan cities. Defne Suman and Betsy Goeksel have brought it back to life in all its glory in this rich tale of love and loss, giving voice to the silenced, and music to their histories' -- Maureen Freely, Chair, PEN UK 'The Silence of Scheherazade is a wonderful, social and historical novel, with delicate touches of love, and realistic moments of a daily life that was lost forever' -- Panos Tourlis, Books and Style Magazine (Greece) 'Suman's novel examines the conflict between a pluralistic notion of selfhood and a monolithically constructed national identity. The paradigms of exile and displacement, of speaking from minority positions, are intertwined with these themes' * Soezcukler Literary Magazine *
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